UK-LSU GAMES NOTES

For Kentucky: Take care of the football and not give LSU easy scoring opportunities. QB Morgan Newton has already been intercepted six times, and the Wildcats have also lost four fumbles. Florida ran all over the Wildcats last week, and LSU surely took note of that.

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Kentucky at LSU
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GAME SNAPSHOT
KICKOFF: Saturday, noon ET
GAMEDATE: 10/1/11
SITE: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, La.
SURFACE: Grass
TV: SEC Network
SERIES: LSU leads 38-16-1 (last meeting, 2007,
Kentucky 43-37, 3OT)
RECORDS: LSU 4-0, 1-0 SEC; Kentucky 2-2, 0-1 SEC
POLLS: LSU (No. 1 AP, No. 2 USA Today)
PREDICTION: LSU 42-10

KEYS TO THE GAME:
-- For Kentucky: Take care of the football and not give LSU easy scoring opportunities. QB Morgan Newton has already been intercepted six times, and the Wildcats have also lost four fumbles. Florida ran all over the Wildcats last week, and LSU surely took note of that.

-- For LSU: Just take care of business. The Tigers simply need to pound away in the running game against a suspect Kentucky defense. If the Tigers stop Kentucky's running game and create turnovers, they should get the game in hand relatively early.

SCOUTING THE TEAMS:
Junior QB Morgan Newton has been inconsistent in running Kentucky's offense. The running back position is in rough shape with sophomore Raymond Sanders out and freshman Josh Clemons questionable. That leaves junior Coshik Williams (62 yards on 17 carries) and sophomore Jonathan George (38 yards on eight carries) to carry the load. Junior WR La'Rod King (19 catches, 276 yards) has been the lone reliable wideout and has caught a touchdown in every game. No other Kentucky player has even 75 receiving yards.

Kentucky's defensive stats were misleading entering the Florida contest after opening up against Western Kentucky and Central Michigan. The Gators exposed the Wildcats badly with 405 rushing yards and 520 overall. Senior OLB Danny Trevathan leads the SEC with 46 tackles and has a team-best 5.5 stops for loss. Senior S-LB Winston Guy (41 tackles) has two interceptions and 4.5 tackles for losses. Senior DT Mark Crawford will play for the first time this season after serving a four-game suspension. Crawford started five games last season.

LSU offensively can take advantage of its depth at running back. The Tigers pound Spencer Ware at defenses early, and spot in Michael Ford for a change of pace and fresh legs. Occasionally, they add in Alfred Blue to finish things off. The consistency of the running game and his development has enabled QB Jarrett Lee to evolve from caretaker to playmaker.

Despite the enormous passing yardage given up against West Virginia last week, LSU's defense continues to disrupt opposing offenses. The Mountaineers leaned heavily on their biggest strength, the passing game, to try to come back from multiple-touchdown deficits. LSU has contained each opponents running game and except for the third quarter against the Mountaineers have pretty much dictated things to the opposition, thanks to a group of defensive linemen who have made a habit of hanging out in the backfield and secondary filled with playmakers.

FAST FACTS:
Wildcats: This is the second of three consecutive games against ranked teams for Kentucky. ... The Wildcats are looking for their first win over a ranked opponent since beating No. 10 South Carolina 31-28 last year ... They are 3-9 all-time against teams ranked No. 1 in the AP poll. They are coming off a loss to Florida and have South Carolina up next. ... The Wildcats have only five wins and a tie in 28 games against the Tigers in Baton Rouge. They were blanked 49-0 and 34-0 in their last two appearances (2006 and 2000). ... Senior LB Danny Travathan leads the SEC in tackles with 46. His 11.5 per game average ranks 10th nationally ... Kentucky is 5-0 under second-year coach Joker Phillips in games in which it wins the turnover battle. ... Phillips not only was part of the coaching staff that engineered the 2007 upset over the Tigers but also was part of a big win as a player. Kentucky has won in Baton Rouge just five times, and Phillips was on the 1983 team that pulled out a 21-13 win.

Tigers: LSU goes into the contest with a 12-game home winning streak and six straight wins at home over SEC foes. ... LSU is No. 1 in the AP poll in the regular season for the first time since 2007. The Tigers are ranked in the top 25 for the 37th straight poll and 98th time in 102 weeks under coach Les Miles. ... Miles and Paul Dietzel (1958 and 1959) are the only two LSU coaches to have the Tigers ranked No. 1 in two different seasons. ... LSU has forced 11 turnovers this season and scored on the ensuing drive eight times (seven touchdowns, one field goal). ... LSU is 48-4 in night games under Miles but only 18-13 in daytime affairs. ... LSU is No. 2 in the SEC and No. 4 in the country against the rush, allowing only 53.2 rushing yards a game. ... The Tigers lead the SEC and are No. 4 in the country in turnover margin at plus-8 three fumbles, 11 takeaways).

PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Wildcats:
WR La'Rod King -- He made an acrobatic touchdown grab against Florida and has been Kentucky's top offensive performer. His rise is pleasing to the Kentucky offensive coaches because he didn't step up in spring drills. Nobody has any questions about his desire now.
LB Ronnie Sneed -- The team's third-leading tackler has been quietly consistent with six or more tackles in three of the Wildcats' four games. He could be due for his second double-digit tackle contest of the season.
CB Randall Burden -- Burden will be starting his 31st consecutive game, the best streak on the team. He is one of the reasons Kentucky ranks 14th nationally in pass defense (162.2) and has held opponents to a 47.3-percent completion rate.

Tigers:
DT Bennie Logan -- The Tigers defensive front has been difficult for anyone to handle, and Kentucky has had problems on the offensive line. Logan has emerged as a particularly disruptive force and could clog up the middle against the Wildcats.
CB Tharold Simon -- Morris Claiborne and Tyrann Mathieu have understandably gotten the most attention among the Tigers' defensive backs, but Simon is a key contributor as well. His ability to plan solid man-to-man coverage at corner allows Mathieu to play nickelback when LSU uses five defensive backs, which is practically its base defense.
RB Michael Ford -- Ford isn't getting as many carries as Spencer Ware, but he's making the most of his opportunities, scoring a team-high six rushing touchdowns, three more than Ware and four more than Blue.

INJURY WATCH:

Wildcats:
DE Collins Ukwu (knee, out), RB Raymond Sanders (knee, out), RB Josh Clemons (hamstring, questionable), WR Gene McCaskill (back, questionable), S Martavius Neloms (concussion, probable).
Tigers:

OT Alex Hurst (head, questionable), S Craig Loston (head, questionable), OL T-Bob Hebert (leg, questionable).

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